Oskar Schindler was a German businessman and former intelligence officer who is credited with saving more than 1,000 jews from the Holocaust. During World War II, Schindler operated a successful enamelware factory that supplied goods for the German military. Disturbed by the deportation of Polish Jews to death camps, Schindler employed increasingly large numbers of Jewish workers. Through bribes and false armament production numbers, he convinced SS officers that that his workers were essential to the war effort, successfully preventing the execution of 1,100 Jews. In 1963, Schindler was named “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem.